Good News, Zack Greinke Returns to National League

While it would have been nice to add an arm to our rotation like Zack Greinke reality is he was priced way out of our budget and probably wouldn’t have even considered signing with Toronto.  However as news broke today that he signed a six-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $147MM I was happy to see the best available arm on the free agent market heading to the National League.

ESPN’s Jim Bowden has the contract breakdown (on Twitter). Greinke will receive a $12M signing bonus with a $17MM salary in 2013, $24MM in 2014, $23MM in 2015, $24MM in 2016, $23MM in 2017, and $24MM in 2018. Because he was traded at midseason, Greinke was not eligible to receive a qualifying offer and will not require draft pick compensation.
There was speculation that the Texas Rangers were in fact leading the Greinke sweepstakes and considering how strong the Rangers team is that would’ve been a major signing for a team Toronto will be competing with.
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